Unfortunately, cold and flu season is in full swing here in Utah. In the past couple of weeks it seems as though everyone I know has had a cough or sore throat at some point! While I still strongly recommend the Cold & Flu Bomb protocol to everyone, in the meantime it’s nice to have something to soothe the sting and itch of a sore throat and cough. So today I’ve put together a double header of natural remedies for you – a sore throat spray and some great homemade honey cough drops!
Sore Throat Spray
This spray has several powerhouse ingredients that will help soothe a scratchy throat. There’s ACV (apple cider vinegar), whose acidity is great at killing bacteria and loosening phlegm, and also raw honey, which is very soothing on a sore throat. The sea salt helps mimic the action of a salt gargle, which helps reduce inflammation. And the essential oils all help to fight bacteria and soothe irritation!
- ¾ cup purified water
- 2 Tbsp raw, organic apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp raw honey
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 8 drops Defend essential oil blend
- 8 drops Lemon essential oil
- 4 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 4 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
Add all of the ingredients to a glass container or jar and shake well to combine. Using a funnel, pour the mixture into a small glass spray bottle. To use for a sore throat, spray one or two pumps towards the back of the throat as needed.
Store the leftover mixture in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 months.
I’ll be honest and tell you that this spray doesn’t taste great. Apple cider vinegar has a strong flavor and it’s hard to mask. But don’t let that deter you – the point of a throat spray isn’t for it to taste good, it’s to soothe a sore throat! When used, this spray creates a great cooling sensation along the back of your throat.
Soothing Cough Drops
- 1 cup honey
- 11 drops Defend essential oil blend
- 7 drops Lemon essential oil
- 3 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
To make your own cough drops you’ll need a couple of supplies, including a medium-sized saucepan, a candy thermometer, and some plastic or silicone molds. Put the honey into your saucepan and place it over medium heat.
Once the honey comes to a boil, lower the heat and cook until it reaches 300 degrees (or the “hard crack” indicator on your candy thermometer) while stirring occasionally. You’ll need to be patient, as this takes a while. Don’t crank the heat to get it to heat up faster, because you’ll likely either have a boil-over situation on your hands, or you’ll scorch the honey and it will end up tasting bitter and burnt.
Once it has reached 300 degrees, remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool for a couple of minutes, then add the essential oils to the pan. Mix well, then pour the mixture into your well-greased molds. (I got these hard candy molds at Michael’s for around $2 each and they worked perfectly for this.)
Once your molds are full, place them in the fridge for a couple of hours, until the candies have hardened and cooled completely. Gently remove them from the molds and wrap each cough drop in a bit of parchment paper, to keep them from sticking together. Store in an airtight container in a cool place, or in your fridge. Use as needed to soothe coughs and sore throats.
Making your own cough drops is definitely a labor of love, but it’s definitely worthwhile to be able to know exactly what is going into them!
Here’s hoping that none of us will need them anytime soon! (We can always HOPE!) :-)